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Bernard Wasserstein, Harriet & Ulrich E. Meyer Professor in Modern European Jewish History, works on modern European political and diplomatic history as well as on modern Jewish history and the history of Israel. His books include The British in Palestine: The Mandatory Government and the Arab-Jewish Conflict, which analyzes the first decade of the Palestine mandate, Divided Jerusalem: The Struggle for the Holy City, on the diplomatic history of the Jerusalem question, and Israelis and Palestinians: Why Do They Fight? Can They Stop?, which focuses on demography, economic and social relations, and environmental pressures, showing how these have shaped Israeli-Palestinian relations.  Among his other books are Vanishing Diaspora: The Jews in Europe since 1945, a radical reassessment of post-war European Jewry, and, most recently, Barbarism and Civilization: A History of Europe in Our Time.  His teaching areas include modern Jewish history, modern Middle Eastern history, modern diplomatic history and international affairs, twentieth century Europe, and twentieth century Britain.

Email: bmjw@uchicago.edu
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Past Courses

HIST 23401. Genocide of European Jews: 1933-1945. Autumn 2003, Winter 2006, Spring 2009

HIST 79001. Arabs and Jews in Palestine: 1831-1948.  Autumn 2003

HIST 35902. History of the Israel-Arab Conflict. Spring 2004, Autumn 2006, Spring 2009, Winter 2010

HIST 21201. British Political History Since 1900. Autumn 2005, Autumn 2009

HIST 13002. History of European Civilization II. Winter 2006, Winter 2009, Winter 2010

HIST 23303. Europe: 1930-Present. Spring 2006

HIST 78301. Major Problems in Modern Jewish History. Autumn 2006